Honours Project


This modules offers the student with the opportunity to conduct and present a simple research investigation into a sociological topic of their choice.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with: the ability to devise and conduct a piece of independent research, write a 10000 word dissertation and publicly present their research findings.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Devise a research proposal.

2.  Conduct a research study on a criminological or sociological topic.

3.  Demonstrate an in-depth critical knowledge of a chosen criminological or sociological topic.

4.  Discuss and present research findings.

Indicative Content

1 Research Design

Selecting the appropriate method for a specified topic and conducting actual research - with guidance from project supervisor.

2 Reviewing Literature

Collecting evidence within relevant field of research and its application to the field of study.

3 Analysing and Interpreting Data

Collecting, dealing with and understanding data; turning data into words and/or numbers - with guidance from project supervisor.

4 Presenting Findings

Making research findings 'public'; writing-up your project - with guidance from project supervisor.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The project module is primarily a self-directed enquiry based learning module that provides students with the opportunity to conduct independent research on a topic of their choice supported by a member of the academic staff. Academic support takes the form of one to one supervision and through a written commentary on the students work. Through the project module students demonstrate the extent to which they are able to take responsibility for their own learning and use the skills they have been taught in the course of their degree programme. The successful completion of a dissertation is considered in many subject areas as a defining feature of graduateness and it is one of the major means by which we are able to assess a student's development of Abertay's graduate attributes.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 400
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 16
Supervised Practical Activity 6
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 100
Independent 278

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.